Novak Djokovic: Boris Becker reveals reason for Serbian’s Rafael Nadal success | Tennis | Sport

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Becker worked with the 31-year-old from 2014 to 2016 and helped guide him to six Grand Slam titles.

The Serbian faced a total of ten times during that timespan, beating him seven times.

In the two years prior to linking up with Becker, only triumphed over the Spaniard four times in ten matches.

Since Becker’s departure from his team, Djokovic has only met Nadal four times, with both men beating the other twice.

Since Becker’s departure from his team, Djokovic has only met Nadal four times, with both men beating the other twice.

Djokovic’s latest victory over Nadal came in the final of the Australian Open in January, which he won in straight sets.

Becker reflected on Djokovic’s recent successes over Nadal in an interview with Eurosport and revealed the 2019 Australian Open champion had major doubts over his proposed approach to beating ‘The King of Clay.’

“Coaching is complicated, it has so many facets and layers – physical, mental – which parts is more important? It’s debatable,” said Becker.

“When you coach an 18-year-old is different than a 25 or 31-year-old.

“A good player usually doesn’t listen because he is very stubborn, he is very convinced of his own quality and you can’t get this away.

“But if you give him the arguments and with the signs of today, with the technology, we can prove the player is wrong.

“Djokovic did not really believe that with his style. In his backhand to break down Nadal’s game you’ve got to go at the forehand.

“Most of the players would go that (way but it’s) suicidal. But because of the quality of the backhand cross of Djokovic, he was able to open up the court to get to the backhand.

“It depends a little bit on the player and that’s very complicated, every player has a different quality and you want to bring the best quality out of the player that sometimes it’s mental, physical and tactical.”

Djokovic is next scheduled to take to the court next month at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Nadal, meanwhile, will return to action at Mexican Open in Acapulco later this month.



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